Welcome to Holden Village
Holden Village is a Lutheran ministry, nestled in a forested valley at 3,200 feet in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The Village welcomes people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds, offering modest yet comfortable amenities in a wilderness setting.
Now Under Construction
The Village operated as a mining town from 1937-1957. It is now the site of a massive remediation project to clean up environmental problems left from those mining days. During this disruption, village infrastructure and facilities are also being upgraded. Guest visits are not possible during the summer construction season. Volunteer staff continue to live at the Village year-round, and skilled trades professionals are sought to help with Holden's infrastructure updates.
HEALING SOULS, HEALING A MOUNTAIN: (July 29, 2014) The Desert News of Utah reports on life at Holden VIllage during mine remediation with 38 accompanying photos of both mine remediation and village life during construction.
MINE REMEDIATION VIDEO: Watch the mine clean-up in action (including last year's demolition of the old mill) and listen to an explanation of the work by Dave Cline, project manager for mining company Rio Tinto.
SUMMER HIKING TRAILS: Forest Service officials are reminding hikers to plan ahead this summer as mine remediation work continues to affect Glacier Peak Wilderness access from Railroad Creek Valley. Details on trails here.
THE HOLDEN GS MINI TAYLOR GUITAR: Premium wood salvaged from mine remediation logging is being used for this limited edition guitar, with proceeds going to global clean water projects. Learn more.